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Falling Plywood Injures Pedestrians at Controversial East Broadway Work Site

Posted February 5, 2018 at 9:39 am

Since groundbreak last June, the construction site for modular housing at 201 East Broadway has been rather controversial. First, residents in the adjacent building felt the building vibrate during excavation and worried about destabilization. (The city subsequently determined all was okay.) Then, a few months later, the sidewalk out front collapsed. Last Friday, however, it […]

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85 Bowery Tenants Threaten Hunger Strike if Emergency Repairs Not Complete by Feb. 7

Posted February 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

The 75 displaced tenants of 85 Bowery, some of whom are now lodged at the Wyndham Garden Hotel next door during emergency repairs, are willing to forego food for the cause. During the rally action last Friday, the tenants association promised to launch a hunger strike in front of the office of Housing Preservation & […]

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85 Bowery Landlord Puts up Displaced Tenants in Nearby Wyndham Garden Hotel

Posted February 2, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the deadline to complete emergency repairs elapsed (February 1), it would appear that the controversial landlord of 85 Bowery has caved to pressure to house his displaced tenants until the job is done. You’ll recall that 75 residents of 85 Bowery were evacuated from the Chinatown tenement two weeks ago after a court-ordered inspection […]

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Under New Ownership, G&S Sporting Goods Returns with Online Store

Posted February 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

G&S Sporting Goods departed the Lower East Side four years ago. Its owner, Lenny Zerling, sold the building at 43 Essex Street to notorious landlord Dean Galasso and bid adieu. Fast forward to present. The business is now in the hands of new ownership, which has streamlined the brand for a whole new generation of […]

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‘New Beer Distributors’ is Leaving Chrystie Street at the End of February

Posted January 31, 2018 at 9:39 am

The proverbial keg is kicked. The best place to buy beer in the neighborhood won’t last the winter. New Beer Distributors, the beverage emporium on Chrystie Street, will conclude operations at the end of February. The sad news comes via a saddened customer, who tells us the date is conveyed with a sign inside the […]

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SLA Denies ‘La Caverna’ Expansion on Rivington Street, Saying it would ‘Disrupt the Neighborhood’

Posted January 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

La Caverna will not be expanding its operations into the upper levels of 122 Rivington Street. Indeed, the State Liquor Authority last week denied the applicants in the months-long application to alter their liquor license, noting that the proposed iteration would be “too big” and would “disrupt the entire area.” Fifteen years after its debut […]

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Mixologist Albert Trummer Eyes Grand Street Basement for ‘The Atelier’ Cocktail Lounge

Last modified January 31, 2018 at 10:01 pm

Notable Austrian mixologist Albert Trummer – notorious for Apotheke’s bar-top pyro stunts before his arrest in 2010 – is heading south of Delancey Street for his latest venture. Down to the basement. One year after teaming up with the Hotel on Rivington for the S’zen Cocktail Lounge, the trendy bar man is looking to impart The […]

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Grand Street Guild Plans Two 15-Story Towers with 100% Affordable Housing

Posted January 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Everyone is getting in on the Lower East Side construction game. It’s a veritable tower boom… Next up is the Grand Street Guild nonprofit. In a late-day press release Friday evening, management of the three-tower complex officially announced the imminent construction of two, as-of-right 15-story apartments on its property. According to the advisory, Handel Architects is […]

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This Real Estate Listing for River Coyote Embraces ‘Hell Square’ as Selling Point

Posted January 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

The River Coyote wine and coffee bar on Ludlow Street is on death’s door. Don’t believe the sign on the front door pinning closure on “repairs,” as the space is already on the market. In the end, River Coyote lasted barely a year since taking over the lease for the likewise sparsely populated predecessor, Amuse Wine […]

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Delilah is Donezo: Rivington Street Club is Getting Auctioned off Today

Posted January 25, 2018 at 9:39 am

This morning, some news that neighbors might relish. It would appear that the closure of Delilah on Rivington Street is permanent. An auction of its furnishings is set for later this afternoon. Thus caps a tumultuous few weeks for the controversial, year-old nightclub. The downward spiral started with the slashing of three patrons outside Delilah […]

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